The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

School Columnists

May 15, 2013

Service is key focus of National Honor Society

SAYBROOK TOWNSHIP — As the 2012-2013 school year draws to a close, Lakeside students are still performing at their best. Most notably, a group of 29 juniors were recently rewarded for their hard work, academic success and devotion to their school and community.

On April 25, the best and the brightest of the class of 2014, were inducted into the Lakeside High School Chapter of the National Honor Society. Those inducted were Kenneth Anderson, Karen Barrientos, Kayla Beckwith, Leah Brady, Benjamin Bunnell, Zoey Campbell, Kaytee Candela, Taylor Cochran, Kyle Conel, Anthony DeGeorge, Caleb Garcia, Sarah George, Calvin Haines, Sharisse Hunt, Kayla Johnston, Michael Krengulec, Felicia Leonard, Tyler Loftus, Nicholas Meola, Teddy Milbrandt, Marisol Morales, Erin Nolan, Elizabeth Riddell, Corinne Schoren, Katelyn Spencer, Scott Stadler, Andrew Steen, Taylor Thome and Garrett Vaught. As members of National Honor Society, these students are expected to serve as role models for their peers by upholding the principles of the group: Service, Scholarship, Leadership and Character.

The inductees were selected by an anonymous committee based on their excellent academic performance, respect for others, service within the community and leadership skills. The committee, made up of random, anonymous teachers, is in charge of choosing only the most honorable and active members of the class of 2014. All students with a 3.5 GPA or higher are allowed to apply for enrollment in National Honor Society. They must complete an application detailing their work experience, volunteering experience, extracurricular activities, leadership roles and other important activities in their lives. The committee then gives relevant faculty members a questionnaire to complete on each student. The committee studies every student, ranking them on the four principles of NHS, before selecting the best of the applicants to represent the prestigious organization.

“I felt anxious waiting for the letter to come in the mail because I heard about the rigorous selection process,” said Kayla Johnston.

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